The influence of trust, communication and commitment on ethical behavior in universities: a case of South Africa

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This study examines the influence of trust, communication and commitment, that have on ethical behavior in universities in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Three hypotheses are posited in this research. The empirical test of hypotheses based on a sample data set of 450 respondents from universities in the Gauteng province of South Africa was provided. IBM SPSS statistics 24.0 and IBM SPSS Amos 24.0 software were used to analyze the data. The results indicate that trust, communication and commitment positively influence ethical behavior in universities. Drawing from the study’s findings, managerial implications are discussed and limitations and future research directions are suggested. This study contributes new knowledge to the existing body of ethical behavior literature and organizational behavior theories in Africa.

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    • Figure 1. Conceptual model
    • Table 1. Sample demographic characteristics
    • Table 2. Accuracy analysis statistics
    • Table 3. Correlations between constructs
    • Table 4. Overall results of SEM hypotheses testing